Two things I would like to say regarding tablets. 1: That Android 3.0+ is messed up. It’s like using WindowsXP. My long-term critique of that platform is the ability to do the same thing, numerous ways. There’s no simple, obvious path. With Android-for-tablets, there’s too many things to do, all screaming for attention: a menu in each corner! This isn’t smart: tablets have flat screens, and there’s not physical cornering nor any easy touch-ability towards corners. Tablets are often held precisely on their corners, and bending the finger back to where it came from isn’t sound. Nor are the insanely small icons. Nearly every time I tried to close a browser tab, I failed. The “x” and the “+” were exceptionally too close together! Using Honeycomb tablets requires an x-acto knife, and all the moreso for the 7″ tablets. (Note: ADW Launcher & Dolphin Browser might be a potential solution: I did find the Samsung 8.9 beyond amazingly, attractively thin.. like it’s from the future or something crazy) All this to say, I’m looking elsewhere. In fact, I think I’d rather have the Android 2.0+ series on a tablet. There, I said it: I actually do want an oversized phone. Android 2.0+ is lovely, really. It keeps things simple, clean, while still being extensible like a fiend. 2. And this is where Apple is shining. While I cannot change the keyboard on Apple’s phone or tablet, the undying simplicity of the device is it’s strength. The iPad is an oversized phone, and it does so well. Android is actually ahead of the race by miles (being at a second version of a separate tablet OS), but I feel this is precisely a tortise-and-hare match. I’m exceptionally interested in the next versions of the iPad development, but I feel they don’t need to (and shouldn’t) change it much. What users truly need is less. Tighter integration or nothing, please. On my way out of the store, my eye caught a Windows Phone7. The transitions were lovely (if only skipping once a bit). The way various rates of text and image slid around, onto and off the screen was amazing. Honestly, this refusal to use 8 point fonts was a breath of fresh air. Too bad Microsoft is still using that hideous font, and also refuses to really do anything with the platform. Overall, I did find myself flocking to the 7″ screens, which I can only explain through my decade-long habit of similar-sized notebooks. The 7″ screen fulfills that interest/habit. However, it is pretty easy to note: the screen is about 1-1.5″ thinner than an iPad – my eye expects something else over in that missing margin. However, the 7″ is exceptionally handle-able. I really liked that. Finally-finally, keyboards are still faster to type with. Than even Google Voice (which is pretty good nonetheless). I’m tempted to say that a tablet will need a better keyboard to be workified.
The Quick & Dirty:
- 9+ years in the biz, 10 messing around
- All the latest in HTML, CSS, JS & PHP (Sorry, no .net or Ruby skills yet)
- Cross-browser compatible code from Photoshop or Illustrator files.. or napkins!
- Custom Specialities in Wordpress theming & plugins, Twitter & jQuery
- Subversion, server-log analysis, and blocking hack-attempts (of late).
- Data/Project Geek. I ♥ timelines.
I’ve compiled some handy PHP functions I’ve had to whip up. More extensive code-samples are also available.
- 2013-09: Teen Life Clinic Simple 1-pager using Modernizr framework for a 'mobile first' strategy.
- 2013-05: Gateway Crossing Highly responsive theme; first time using css-transitions.
- 2013-01: Jordan Trotter Another mobile-ready site that wasn't designed to be so.
- 2013-01: Victory Pain Management
- 2012-09: Set Magazine Local magazine website, using an events plugin, and an off-the-shelf theme that I made mobile-friendly.
- 2012-08: The Giddings Group W/S's design pushed me to customize further a slideshow plugin I use frequently.
- 2012-03: The Indian Queen, Augusta, GA The site was delivered to me as 3 pages. I suggested the sliding one-page & enabled it for mobile/touch.
- 2012-02: Todd of Insurance Web-Scrolling meets Mobile Touch
- 2012-02: Allgood Pest Solutions, GA 17 subdomain-customized per-location sites totalling 250 visits/day
- 2011-04: Suzanne’s Floral Studio, Augusta, GA Features 2 custom slideshows, multiple order forms
With Wier/Stewart (full-time since June 2011)
- Westminster Schools, Augusta, GA Features 2 custom plugins & WP3 menus
- Grace Church
- Mosaic Church
With SquareCircle Design